24 May 2010

Select committee to clarify Search and Surveillance Bill

11:58 am on 24 May 2010

A Parliamentary select committee is moving to clarify just how much power Government agencies will have under the Search and Surveillance Bill.

The bill aims to update old laws, but has attracted criticism that it goes too far in the powers it extends to the police and others.

National MP Chester Borrows, who chairs the Justice and Electoral Committee, says parts of the bill will be amended and sent to groups who have made submissions for further comment.

He says the language needs to be clear as the bill is currently misunderstood.

Mr Borrows says it will not extend search and surveillance powers to Government agencies that do not already have them.